Steven Naismith looks to have played his last game for Hearts after the club accepted a two match ban for the striker’s stamp on Celtic skipper Scott Brown at the weekend.
Despite Craig Levein initially claiming that they would challenge any punishment handed to the player by the Scottish FA’s compliance officer, they have changed their stance and have now accepted the ban which means Naismith will now miss the final game of the season against Kilmarnock.
Naismith was seen to stamp on Brown, after the ball had been cleared and the Celtic skipper had left the field of play, during the 3-1 defeat to Celtic on Sunday. The former Rangers player escaped a booking at the time.
BT Sport pundit Chris Sutton blasted Naismith claiming that the stamp was intentional and labelled him a ‘coward’.
At the time, Sutton said: “Naismith should have been red carded twice in the first half. If he showed that intent at Norwich he might have got a game. Coward.”
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers, during his post match press conference, added: “You only need to see it. The ball was gone and the follow through is there to see.
“The ball was well gone and it wasn’t just late, it was very late. It will be just interesting to see what the authorities make of that.”
The Scottish FA announced the charge on Wednesday and gave the Tynecastle side a day to consider the ban, which allowed the on-loan Norwich player to play in the Edinburgh derby with the 31-year-old scoring the winning goal against Hibernian.